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Woods is the show at Hoylake, with a young generation unaware of his mystique

  • Tiger Woods of the US carries a basket of golf balls toward the practice chipping green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday July 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Tiger Woods of the US carries a basket of golf balls toward the practice chipping green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday July 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)  (The Associated Press)

  • Tiger Woods of the US watches his shot on the practice chipping green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday July 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Tiger Woods of the US watches his shot on the practice chipping green ahead of the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday July 17. (AP Photo/Jon Super)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds a 20 pound note after winning a wager with Darren Clarke, of Northern Ireland, on the 18th green after holing a putt during a practice round for the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday, July 17. (AP Photo)

    Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, holds a 20 pound note after winning a wager with Darren Clarke, of Northern Ireland, on the 18th green after holing a putt during a practice round for the British Open Golf championship at the Royal Liverpool golf club, Hoylake, England, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. The British Open Golf championship starts Thursday, July 17. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Tiger Woods is the big show at the British Open, especially now that he is back from another injury.

Playing in front of him during the opening round Thursday at Royal Liverpool will be Harris English. Two groups behind will be Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama. They were among 25 players at The Open who have this in common — Woods has never won a major during their professional careers.

The oldest championship in golf features a new generation of stars. Nineteen different players have won majors since Woods captured his last one six years ago.

This new generation only watched the dominance of Woods in the majors. They didn't have to face it.

The Open is another opportunity to see if Woods can regain his mystique.